Anna Gülcher

Researcher at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics group, ETH Zürich

I study geodynamic processes of planetary interiors across the scales, using computational techniques (numerical models). My scientific interest lies in putting observations from geophysics, space, geology, and geo/cosmo-chemistry in a physics-based framework. My research focuses on – but is not restricted to – the interior mantle evolution of rocky planets and the surface tectonic/volcanic expressions of such dynamic processes (in particular for Earth and Venus). 

I have developed a passion for project management, (science) communication, and diversity, with a performance history record of management, leadership, and communication skills. This is reflected in many volunteering roles, such as in the Geodynamics Division (GD) of the European Geosciences Union. I aim to contribute to a more open, diverse, and inclusive community for scientists. 

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Outreach articles, other forms of science communication, and organisational responsibilities


Women in science/STEM, relevant communities world-wide, and scientific software


Education and employment

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)

Thesis: Shaping Earth’s mantle flow through compositional and rheological heterogeneity in the lower mantle

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)

Thesis: Plume penetration into Venusian lithosphere and the origin of coronae: inferences from 3D therm-mechanical modelling

Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Thesis: Obtaining a high resolution geomagnetic field intensity curve for the Azores region, the IZZI-Thellier approach

Main achievements

Awards and grants


EGU OSPP award 2019

Outstanding Student Poster Presentation award at the EGU General Assembly, Geodynamics division (May 2019)


ETH thesis medaille 2018

Award for the best Master’s thesis in the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zürich (October 2018)

Hauptportal Rämistrasse, im Hintergrund links Turm Uni Zürich.

ETH Master scholarship

Excellence Master Scholarship for my full MSc program at ETH Zürich (2016-2018)

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Molengraaff Fonds 2016

TU Delft Fund for carrying out paleomagnetic fieldwork for my BSc thesis project in the Azores (May 2016)